The One Button Studio: A Tutorial

HEEELLLOOO ISLANDERS!! It has been a minute since an I-Create Lab blog post! I love making these blogs for you all (even if I run out of ideas most of the time). However, this month I have some very exciting news for you all! As many of you may know, the I- Create lab was under construction last semester. Being built was a One Button Studio. A One Button Studio is a soundproof room that students and staff can use…

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How to Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Bell Library!

March is here which means Women’s History Month is here! Women’s History Month is dedicated to honoring contributions of women and girls across the ages. This year’s theme, Women Providing Healing and Promoting Hope, is a tribute to the work of health care workers, caregivers, and frontline workers as well as the ways women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history. The National Women’s Alliance webpage has more information on this year's celebration and theme! Looking…

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Beyond Distraction: Finding Focus in a Digital Landscape

Most of what we do relies on digital technology, whether it’s to work, stay in touch with family and friends, or order takeout. And while we agree these technologies are very useful and fun, they also have a never-ending appetite for our attention to keep us engaged. For example, when we're trying to focus on the task at hand - researching a topic, studying for a test, completing a grant application – inevitably, an email, text, news flash pops up…

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How to: Heart Shaped Pillow

Valentine’s Day is here! Many may disagree but Valentine is my favorite holiday with the hearts, crazy cards, and colors are so fun! No matter who you are spending it with or if it's a day full of self-care we at the I-Create lab want you to have an amazing Valentine's Day! I will be showing how to create a heart-shaped pillow perfect for every day and a very cute Valentine's gift! The best part is you can create this…

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The I-Create Lab’s Most Well-Kept Secret

While you may be familiar with many of the machines of the I-Create lab, there is one machine kept tucked out of sight in the backroom. The Chandler & Price Letter Press is believed to be from 1910 – 1921 though we do not have confirmed documentation for the dates. This large piece of equipment weighs over 1000lbs and rarely leaves its spot in the back room of the I-Create Lab. Just because it doesn’t leave the backroom, doesn’t mean…

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Oh, There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays: At-Home Library Resources!

When I used to think of “the library,” I would think solely of it as a physical place: the colorful walls and cozy carpets from when I was little, to the computers, printers, and quiet study areas from when I was in college. However, working in a library has opened my eyes to all the other possibilities of how you can use library resources without having to be at the library! And there are lots of resources and activities that…

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Unplugging over your Winter Break

Finals are upon us, and the 2021 Fall Semester is almost a thing of the past. This year has no doubt presented you with many new challenges in both your academic life and beyond! Whether you are done with your finals or still need to take them, enjoy the time off and the holidays, don’t forget to “unplug” during this winter break. Whether you work or do schoolwork on a computer or spend your free time on a smartphone, watching…

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Prepare for the Cold Weather

As many of you can feel the cool winds we’ve had, there is an ominous and inevitable truth following this delightful weather. The cold weather is coming. I would say the tagline from that one HBO show, but I can’t remember the tag line or the name of the show, Game of Chairs? Conflict of Thrones? Either way, that cold weather is soon to come a knocking, and it would be a great idea to start preparing our homes for…

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Bringin’ Book Talks Back!

Do you ever get excited when someone nerds out in a way that resonates with you? I was lucky enough to have that feeling last week when Dr. Jarred Wiehe gave a Book Talk with the Library on Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic. As a former English major who was (and still is!) into magical realism and uncanny fiction, Moreno-Garcia’s book ticked all the boxes! Isolated house on a hill? Check. Scary patriarch? Check. Blurred lines between reality and hallucinations? Check.…

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Get Active!

   If you’re like me, or most people during quarantine, you probably have not been doing much of anything. Snacking, binging TV shows, sleeping, and playing video games have been most of the things I have been partaking in with my extra time available. Without the everyday commute to school, with the addition of just being active walking to classes, trekking the campus, and just being social, it is safe to say I have probably put on a few pounds…

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